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Focal Performance 165AS3

Access Series 6-1/2" 3-way component speaker system

Item # 091165AS3

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About the Focal Performance 165AS3

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The dream speaker

Perfect sound. Discreet style. Premium construction. These are the standards that define Focal – and the reasons why listening to Focal speakers is an absolute pleasure. The Access line offers a marriage of performance and affordability, allowing you to experience the best in sound with a guilt-free conscience.

The dream speaker

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Perfect sound. Discreet style. Premium construction. These are the standards that define Focal – and the reasons why listening to Focal speakers is an absolute pleasure. The Access line offers a marriage of performance and affordability, allowing you to experience the best in sound with a guilt-free conscience.

The whole package

Take Focal sound to the next level with this Access Series 165AS3 component system, which includes two 6-1/2" woofers, two 3″ midrange drivers, two TN43 tweeters, and two external crossovers. The 3-way system offers a more robust sound by designating bass to the woofers and midrange frequencies to the 3" drivers. Coupled with a butyl rubber surround, the all-weather durability of the woven fiberglass cones ensures performance even in the hottest, most humid environments without distortion or warping.

Beyond tweeterdome

Unlike a traditional raised dome tweeter, the aluminum inverted dome shape of the TN43 tweeter evenly disperses high frequencies, creating a very wide soundstage with fine resolution and exciting dynamics. Enhance stereo imaging by installing these tweeters exactly where you need them with included flush-mount hardware.

Custom crossover

This system's external crossovers ensure a seamless distribution of frequencies to the woofer and tweeter, for a totally natural sound. A 3-position tweeter level adjustment allows you to customize your high frequencies and get them just the way you like them.

Installation note: You'll need a pair of our universal backstraps to install the tweeters in the factory locations.



    • two 6-1/2" DFS woofers, two 3" midrange drivers, two aluminum TN43 inverted-dome tweeters, and two external crossovers
    • 3-position adjustable tweeter level
    • non-resonant ABS/fiberglass woofer basket
    • wire mesh grilles included
    • 2-80 watts RMS power range (160 watts peak)
    • frequency response: 55-20,000 Hz
    • sensitivity: 90 dB
    • impedance: 4 ohms
    • mounting depth: 2-5/8" (woofer) / 1-3/4" (midrange)
    Other info:
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # 165AS3

    What's in the box:

    • Two woofers
    • Two midrange
    • Two inverted dome tweeters (each with 18" length of speaker wire attached)
    • 2 Flush mount tweeter cups (installed)
    • 2 Angled surface mount tweeter cups
    • 2 Crossover networks
    • 2 Tweeter lock washers
    • 2 Woofer grilles
    • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
    • 2 Woofer mounting gaskets
    • 2 Midrange grilles
    • 2 Midrange grille mounting rings
    • 2 Midrange mounting gaskets
    • 8 Speed clips
    • Eight 1" Self-tapping pan head screws
    • Eight 1/2" Self-tapping pan head screws
    • Four 5/8" Self-tapping flat head screws
    • Four M4 x 25mm Machine screws (each with a lock washer and flat washer attached)
    • Four M4 Nuts
    • Owner's manual (English/ French)

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    Features & specs

    Speaker Size 6 1/2
    Design 3-way
    Tweeter Design Inverted dome
    Impedance (Ohms) 4
    Tweeter Composition Aluminum/Magnesium
    Woofer Composition DFS
    Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 85.98
    Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 90
    Frequency Response 55 - 20k Hz
    Minimum RMS Wattage ---
    Maximum RMS Wattage 80
    Peak Power Handling (Watts) 160
    Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 5/8
    Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
    Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 9/16
    Mounting Height (Inches) 0.358

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    Cone Material: The Dual Fiberglass Structure Membrane (DFS) is a light, rigid, woven glass fiber woofer cone. The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

    Basket: The woofer features an ABS basket reinforced with 20% fiberglass.

    Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1" diameter low-mass Kapton former, ensuring no coil deformation.

    Size Classification Note: Some manufacturers, including Focal, call this size speaker a 6-1/2". Because it requires a larger cutout than a standard 6-1/2" speaker, Crutchfield has traditionally referred to this size woofer as a 6-3/4". Please enter your vehicle information to confirm fit.


    Cone: Like the woofer, the midrange uses a DFS cone and butyl rubber surround.

    Size: The midrange drivers are not a standard size, Focal calls them 3". They can be top or bottom mounted and have these dimensions:

    • Depth (top mount): 1.706"
    • Mounting height: 0.25"
    • Flange height: 0.181"
    • Depth (bottom mount): 1.887"
    • Tweeter protrusion: 0.069"
    • Cutout diameter: 2.991"
    • Frame diameter: 3.706"

    Terminals: The inputs are quick slide terminals; 0.187" (+) and 0.110" (-).


    Inverted Dome Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted aluminum and magnesium dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter has a Neodymium magnet to provide a powerful magnetic field for the voice coil, while still maintaining the tweeter's compact dimensions.

    Mounting Options: The tweeter can be surface or flush mounted using the included adapters. Focal recommends flush mounting, but the included angled cup allows surface mounting at approximately 20° or approximately 40°. The top of the angle mount cup and the bottom of the flush mount cup can be combined to create another surface mount (non-angled).


    Components: Focal uses audiophile grade polypropylene capacitors and air core inductors to ensure high definition and a dynamic sound quality.

    Tweeter Level: You can adjust the output level of the tweeter on the crossover to -3 dB, 0 dB, or +3 dB.

    Crossover Specs: The crossover uses 2nd order, 12 dB per octave high-pass, low-pass, and band-pass filters. The crossover points are 450 Hz and 3,500 Hz.

    Wiring: The inputs and outputs are screw terminals; they will accept bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.3" wide.



      Flush Mount Surface Mount 20° Surface Mount 40° Surface Mount
    Mounting Height 0.174" 0.965" 1.192" 1.524"
    Depth 0.875" 0.667" (screw depth) 0.675" (screw depth) 0.675" (screw depth)
    Frame Diameter 1.98" 1.775" 1.77" 1.77"
    Cutout Diameter 1.79" N/A N/A N/A


    • Width: 3-1/2"
    • Height: 1-9/16"
    • Depth: 5-1/2"

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    What size speaker wires should be used for these speakers?
    john  Oct 06, 2021
    2 answers
    At least 14 gauge and do not use a cheap amplifier
    christopher  Oct 08, 2021
    16 AWG would work but I would use 14 myself
    owen  Oct 06, 2021
    Which amplifier would you recommend for these speakers?
    andrea  May 17, 2021
    2 answers
    I went with the rockford fosgate r2-500x4 but I also plan on running other rear speakers as well off that amp. If you are planning on just powering these than any good quality 2 channel amp with 60-100 watts rms should work well.
    bradley  May 17, 2021
    Audio Control 200w 2 channel
    james michael  May 17, 2021
    I was wanting to run these active without the supplied crossover anyone know the frequency rang for the tweeter ,mid ,and the midbass ?
    lance  Dec 14, 2018
    1 answer
    I had purchased these through crutchfield over the summer i have since replaced them with the Focal Flax versions PS 165 F3, The 165AS3 are a great speaker but lack the ow end i was expecting an had to run dual subs versus a single sub. I wanted more sql than spl. anyway the woofers range is110hz to 45.8hz (67.33Hz sweet spot) mid is 80hz up to 220hz (110Hz) and the tweeter 1000Kz to 28Khz
    kenneth  Dec 20, 2018
    what do you recommend for SQ this model or FOCAL 165f?
    ken  Apr 16, 2017
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    kenneth  Apr 17, 2017 (Staff)

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